GI­ANTS TAG PIERRE-PAUL

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Less than a year af­ter re­vamp­ing their de­fense with a free agent spend­ing spree, the New York Gi­ants moved to keep one of their lead­ing pass rush­ers in place. The Gi­ants used the fran­chise tag on de­fen­sive end Ja­son Pierre-Paul, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the move told USA TO­DAY Sports. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team had not an­nounced the de­vel­op­ment.

Pro Foot­ball Talk was the first to report the move. Pierre-Paul, 28, had seven sacks in 12 games last sea­son, his sec­ond since a Fourth of July fire­works ac­ci­dent that cost him part of two fin­gers. The fran­chise ten­der for de­fen­sive ends is ex­pected to be about $17 mil­lion. The Ari­zona Car­di­nals placed the fran­chise tag on out­side line­backer Chan­dler Jones two days ahead of the dead­line to do so, the team an­nounced in a re­lease. The fran­chise ten­der for lineback­ers is ex­pected to be roughly $14.6 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Al­bert Breer of the sports web­site The MMQB. A year af­ter plac­ing the fran­chise tag on cor­ner­back Josh

Nor­man only to later re­scind it, the Carolina Pan­thers have again given the des­ig­na­tion to one of their top de­fend­ers. De­fen­sive tackle Kawann Short was given the fran­chise tag, the team an- nounced. Short had six sacks last sea­son and was a Pro Bowl se­lec­tion in 2015.

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